Tributes to CP Scott upon his death, 1932

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Tributes to CP Scott upon his death, 1932 - TIDE MANCHESTER THE LATE MR. Further Tributes...
TIDE MANCHESTER THE LATE MR. Further Tributes PULPIT REFERENCES IN MANCHESTER Messages from Home and Abroad Following are some further tributes to the late Mr. C. P. ijeott, irnvern-ing irnvern-ing irnvern-ing director o the ,; Manchester Guardian " : CANON PETER GREEN Canon Peter Green, preaching at the Manchester Cathedral yesterday, said : ft is impossible for me to begin my sermon this morning without first saying something of the loss that Manchester lias sustained by the death of'Mr. G. P. Scott. Mr. Scott had earned for himself a unique place not merely here in Manchester Manchester hut throughout the whole world. And the way in "which he earned that place was perhaps more wonderful than the place itself. For thouch no man who knew him, either personally or through his work, could doubt his outstanding ability, or help wondering at his ereat powers of work, or fail to be charmed by his manner, yet it was none ot these things which made the name of Charles Piestwich Scott known and honoured wherever the English language is spoken, and, indeed, in every land. It was his supreme rectitude of character which made him what he was It was utterly impossible to imagine him moved by considerations considerations of expediency, hy deshe for popularity, or hy fear of obloquy one hair's-breadth hair's-breadth hair's-breadth from the line of duty. To i:PC facUi as they were, Ui estimate them hy the noblest and loftiest standards, and to choose the riprht, aim not the easy or popular path, this was as natural to 'him a to breathe, and his memory will be a precious possession in this city as long as there remains alive one person who knew him. JEWISH TRIBUTE The Rev. Jacob Phillips, president of the Manchester and Salford Jewish Visitation Board, which includes all i .misters and rabbis of Manchester, preaching at the Park Place (Manchester) (Manchester) Synagogue on Saturday, said : Mr. C. P. Scott was a man among men. endowed willi the createst capacities to rise to unwonted height.. Uod makes hut few such men, whose lives are object lessons to the multitude. As a great journalist he was the doughty champion nf dear convictions, the fearless and untiring untiring lighter in the forefront for justice to all men. His rugged coinage, his tenacious clutch on anything he undertook, undertook, his stalwart integrity, his fearless frankness, his splendid energy, his great, civic sympathies, and tireless ability made bis life longer than that of other men, for (tod, mercifully and wisely, fashions time to the. measure of the man who does His work. Not alone has Manchester suffered a great bereavement, hut the whole country will mourn the loss of a brave and goillv man. .lews in particular will always cherish his memory, and remember with gratitude the eminent services he rendered to the persecuted and oppressed. UNION CHAPEL Preachinc at the moraine service in the Union Chapel, Oxford Road, Manchester, yesterday, the Hev. George. Evans said that, his text on tho years of the soul " By these things men live and in these things is the life of My Spirit" had been suggested by the life of Mr. Scott. Kvery man at one time or another was i onf routed .with the choice as to whether his life in this world was to be a struggle to survive and survive well, or whether within that stiugsle there was to Iks a life of the spirit. Scott himself had said that Secley's " F.cce Homo" to which bis mother had drawn bis attention in earlier years had been the most important important spiritual influence in his life. It had given form to his thoughts about lif. and he inside his choice accordingly. That his was truly a lifo of tho spirit, and nut merely a struggle to survive, was evident in the choice he made in such . important matters as tho Hoer War, Home Kule. women's suffrage. the advent, of Labour, and in the continuity of the "'Guardian' tradition in the attitude it took in the last general election. Speaking in the evening at a special New Year's service for young people, Mr. Evans said that the life of each one of us could bo said to be a decaying or dying life or an ineiyasing and abundant life. On the one hnjnd. there were those who took an interest in music, literature, drama, who became absorbed in business and lived well, cutting themselves off from creator : sources of renewal and enlargement; land, on the other, there were those who gave the world a demonstration demonstration of how! great human lifo could bo in this world. C. P. Scott was one of these. Instead of his being a decaying life he was at his best between the ages oi till and SO. "Everybody knew and spoke of him with the unadorned name of " C. P. Seolt." The world had given its tribute. His life was a demonstration that this was a moral order, and that a man did reap what he sowed -. -. that no man became great unless he served great causes, ami that as he served great causes his greatness became bis possession. possession. "Mr. Scott." Mr. Evans added. " is my sort of conception ot the Christ man and a demonstration that tho sayings sayings of .losus on what man was to become were prophetic and not abstractions." THE REV. ALAN ROUGHLEY The Rev. Alan Rotiphley, "Wesleyan minister, preaching at the Central Hall, Manchester, yesterday : Mr. C. P. Scott was a great journalist of the noblest type, and the fact that the " Manchester Guardian " is regarded with tmeh high esteem throughout the city, the country, and the world i largely due to the influence of him who was for so long its editor. He was a great idealist whose aim with regard to every question was to find the right answer and to discover discover truth, however unpopular that truth might prove to be. He was a great citizen and a freeman of this Manchester which he knew so well, loved so deeply, and served so sincerely. Most of all, in the words of a working man who spoke of him last night, "' He was a great and humble-minded humble-minded humble-minded man " whose later life has been regarded as " pure example of the religion of human service. - CAVENDISH STREET CHAPEL The Rev. Ernest Hamson, preaching at the Cavendish Street Chapel, Manchester, Manchester, yesterday, said : Mr. C. P. Scott was one of Manchester's greatest citizens, and one who helped to make this city famous the world over as the producer bf a great newspaper. Mr. Scott had a strong Free Church ancestry, and the Puritan blood in his veins and his early training accounted for much in his attitude to all moral questions. Possessing Possessing strong principles and a sensitive conscience, conscience, he could not be moved from his course by opposing majorities. He was ever the advocate of unpopular C. P. SCOTT causes which he thought to be righteous. So he strongly supported Home Rule for Ireland; he as stronglv opposed the South African War, and he pleaded for a fair chance for Labour. The small and oppressed countries of the world ever found a. friend in him. He was one of those whose lives preach, and because of this he, being dead, yet speaks to us, calling calling us to lofty purpose and high endeavour. GROSVENOR SQUARE CHURCH The Rev. G. D. Walker, preaching at the Grosvenor Square Presbyterian Church, Manchester, yesterday, said : In the passing of Mr. C. P. Scott this city, and a very much wider public, has not only a man of outstanding ability, but, of sound judgment and firm courage in those things which he considered good. I know something of the inside oi journalism. journalism. I know its temptations and how frequently those temptations are succumbed succumbed to. I know liow easy it is to give the public what it wants, and to descend to the colouring of facts to suit a political theory. There is a very high tone among journalists; but not a few have spoken to me of how they felt caught in the wheels of the machine. The man who in the journalistic world finlits the machine lias not only a long battle but often a lonely one. I have known more than one man go to the wall in tiie fight. Mr. C. P. Scott not only fought his battle and won it, but built up what became a national and trusted paper. That cift in these days especially is a gift beyond all estimation. But he diet more than that. He has left behind a staff and a tradition which we know will not. lower the standard he set up, ana which will still render to this city and country the service of the true uncoloured news, help to all good causes, and a voice to the thoughts, and emotions the best citizens live by. It is customary at such a time to speak with regret of the passing of great men. I cannot join in that, regret. I believe it to be a false -sentiment. -sentiment. If all the ereat men of the past were still alive we should be shackled to a tradition. So ion? as we make tradition simply a thing to be preserved we may say good-bye good-bye good-bye to all progress. Great men bavins; given their service pass anil the race moves on. There, are other great men to come. We look upon those who have led us with thanksgiving and accept, their tradition as a challenge to the future, to our progress, and to our adventurous courage. THE REV. J. CLAYTON Before his sermon last evening at- at- the Salford Central Mission the Rev. J. Clayton, superintendent minister, paid a tribute to the life and work of the late Mr. C. P. Scott. He said: "The 'Manchester Guardian' owes its proud position as one of the leading papers of the land not to sensationalism, and certainly not to Jingoism or to pandering to the public whim and fancy. N'o. that paper owes its proud position to the. integrity and the high purpose of US late editor, Mr. C. P. Scotf. I hesitation hesitation in standing here and paying a humble humble tribute to a great and distinguished man ; a man who was not only a great-editor great-editor great-editor one oi the greatest editors of our-time our-time our-time but a great and distinguished citizen who rendered valuable service both to Manchester and Salford. Those who knew him best have always borne testimony to one or his great" characteristics. characteristics. He was a man with a deep, I would say Tare, moral sense, a very keen sense of right and wrong, and he regarded from that angle every question that came under his consideration. Is it right? Is it wrong? And right was always put before expediency ; hence, very often an unpopular cause was championed championed in the '-Guardian.' '-Guardian.' '-Guardian.' simply because its editor was convinced that it was right. Temporarily, of course, he was out of favour with the public, but he did not mind that. Whether the world smiled or frowned did not- not- make anv difference to Mr. Scott, who followed what the Quakers would call the inward light.' " 'flip whole of his long life and work bore the stamp of integrity and high purpose, and the life of Manchester and Salford, of the. county of Lancashire, and, indeed, the life of the whole country, country, is the richer for his work and the poorer by his passing." OTHER TRIBUTES MR. H. W. NEVINSON (in the "Observer") I as never resident in Manchester as a member of tho great editor's staff, but I visited him there, on business several times, and was often a guest in his house. For I am proud to say I served him in various parts of the world in peace and war. and I always took his suggestion of any service as an order. 1 never for a moment felt a doubt that whatever news or judgment I sent it, would appear un-doctored un-doctored un-doctored and untainted, no matter what line of opinion the editor was wishing his paper to take. His confidence was repaid by my own, and journalists will know what it means to work for a paper that gives eontidenee. At a dinner given to the editor in a telegram was read from the King praising him for his " courage and high-mindedness." high-mindedness." high-mindedness." Those qualities incarnate in one's superior officer are infectious. Under Scott it was impossible to show less than courage or less than high-mindedness. high-mindedness. high-mindedness. MR. IVOR BROWN (in the "Observer") Politics and journalism were the life of C. P. Scott, but politics meant all matters of the commonwealth; he watched the artists a well as the statesmen statesmen with eyes that closed before they ever grew tired. He was no sectary of the arts; he had no time to be a collecting collecting specialist: but. with his extraordinary extraordinary gift for keeping young, he admired and supported the best oi each epoch, from Ford Madox Brown to Epstein. When, at his eightieth birthday, he heard of a presentation of sculpture, he chose Epstein. It was a typical verdict of one who never cared about a dull safety. Tradition for him was to be respected and then transcended. MR. J. L. HAMMOND (in the "Observer"; The most striking quality in Mr. C. P. Scott's nature was the quality that Dr. Bevan describes in " The House of Seleucus " as '" epimeieia," the quality which he says distinguishes the governing governing races: the feeling that where there is a wrong there is a remedy, aud that he was personally responsible "for helping to rind that remedy and to persuade "the nation to apply it. This strong sense took him out of himself. Many men who are not selfish or self-regarding self-regarding self-regarding are self-centred, self-centred, self-centred, and it is undeniable that a life in which yon use your powers of pen or pencil to influence men's minds is more apt thau a life spent in affairs to throw a man back upon himself. Scott had no trace of this. He had in one sense the mind of a civil servant, so swiftly and directly did he pursue the main topic as a problem for action. There was nothing rhetorical or dramatic in the working of his powerful mind, or his bearing or behaviour. M-any M-any M-any people knowing of him as a great editor and a great personality were astonished wheu they met him by his simplicity. But that was part of his attitude to life. So with his courage. Nobody could te with him without learning that he was incapable of fear. To call him a stoic would give a false impression of severity, but he had the stoic feeling towards, life. Some brave men who have to face unpopularity for their opinions brace themselves for the encounter, but Scott hardly noticed it. He acted so habitually on - the assumption that any loss of his self-respect self-respect self-respect would hurt him more tnan anything else that could happen that there was no effort or strain in his conduct. He acted and wrote as he thought right in the public-interest, public-interest, public-interest, and if he reconsidered his opinion he would have thought it inconsistent with his self-respect self-respect self-respect to leave his first opinion uncorrected. 1 never met a man who knew better the difference bi-ween bi-ween bi-ween self-respect self-respect self-respect and prestige, or who .ilustrated better the difference between distinction and advertisment. To estimate Mr. Scott's place in the life oi his age is the task o! men wdio are in a position to judge it. But those friends who saw him iu those relations that best try a man's temper and sincerity sincerity know, this at least, that no man ever served the English people with truer nobility oi mind and purpose. THE "SUNDAY TIMES " To be editor of a great newspaper for 57 years ia an achievement that can rarely have been paralleled. ijut Mr. C. P. iseott's, distinction is even inoie in the quality than in the duration of Ilia work. He ri.-ked, ri.-ked, ri.-ked, and sometimes sometimes suffered, financial loss by the advocacy of unpopular policies. This did not deflect him from his purpose . he went straight on. Often, as we think, iie was in the wrong; but nobody wiio knew him well doubted that truth as he saw it wan his guide. Slowly hui surely this faith in his integrity won for him a degree of public trust that anv muii might envy. He became a great English character. By his death English journalism loses a leader whose example will long be cherished by all who value fine character and faithful service. NEWSPAPER PRESS FUND The Newspaper Press Fund Council tender a tribute of regret and sympathy with tho family oi Mr. C. P. Scott, one of tho vice presidents ot the Fund aud a master of journalism. J. M. Denv-lii, Denv-lii, Denv-lii, Chairman; V. Meakin, Secretary. LADY WEARDALE May I ;:s a constant reader of the "Manchester Guardian" and an admirer of its great Editor, who has done :iO much to advance the cause of progress, peace, aud of international understanding, understanding, send you my most sincere sympathy in your irreparable loss? England lost in vour father a truly great man and a wise guide. Lady Weauuale. MR. SAMUEL NORRIS (Manx Journalist and Politician) I cannot allow the passing of C. P. Scott to occur without recording the appreciation of the 1-Ue 1-Ue 1-Ue of Man, of his magnificent and consistent services in connection with Manx constitutional reform, and his advocacy of measures of social justice iu the" Isle of Man. Ilirouglt his journalistic and direct personal influence on tiie imperial Government and with members of farliament he was largely responsible for securing Manx reform. Manxland's pressmen join in the homage of the rest ot the English-speaking English-speaking English-speaking world. MR. JOHN H. HUMPHREYS Mr. Scott was one of the remarkable group of men who in 1884 founded the Proportional Representation Society, and ever since gave the movement the fullest possible measure of his support. He remained a member of the Executive Committee until lfr29. and on his resignation resignation accepted the position of vice president. president. . Home Rule, women's suffrage. Proportional Proportional Representation are all liberating movements. Mr. C. P. Scott, who supported all three, wa-s wa-s wa-s to the end one of those who attached high value to the poaitive consequences of "liberty, to the larger and fuller measure of human life and human development that it makes possible. Home Rule and the enfranchisement enfranchisement of women are accomplished facte. Mr. Scott also saw Proportional Representation Representation at work in the Irish Free State, and. if our own Parliament has not vet adopted it for its own elections, the demand for electoral reform increases and will not, cease until the method of electing the House of Commons embodies the twin principles 'of freedom aud of justice. MR. R. J. DAVIES, M.P. Mr. C. P. Scot IV death removes from the life of this country one of the most remarkable men of his time. To those of us wltn lead a public life and who sometimes advocate unpopular causes lie was indeed a friend. SIR THOMAS ESMONDE Deeply regret your father's death. 1 knew him in the old days and we were members of the Commons together. He always was true to his principles. WEST COUNTRY TRIBUTE Mr. James L. Palmer, editor of the "Western Morning News." Plymouth .- .- I send on behalf of West Countrv newspaer workers a sincere message of condolence on the death of vour distinguished father. We oi " the younger generation of journalism almost venerated him. and cherish manv happy memories of the high ideals and sterling independence 'which marked his editorship. editorship. The British press can rejoice that lie was spared so long to play a conspicuous part in maintaining the traditions with which, after all, it still leads the world. MR. JOHN W. DULANTY Mr. John W. Dulanty. the High Commissioner in London of the Irish Free State, writes : Amid the wealth oi tributes that the world is paying to C. P. Scott, as great ti'itor. creat publicist, great champion of righteous causes, may I be allowed t.i drop one modest floret on behalf of tha Irish community in Great- Great- Britain? For even more than our brothers at home we are conscious of what Ireland owes to him. For over a third of a century-it century-it century-it was our privilege to watch at close quarters his unselfish and untiring efforts for the Irish cause, and we, perhaps better than any, can judge how dear that cause must have been to him. Xow that h; has passed full of yoais and of honour we wish to make our humble offering of abiding gratitude. SIR GEORGE W. AGNEW .-Vs .-Vs .-Vs a subscriber to the " Guardian " for over fifty years and an old friend of your father, I beg to assure you of my deep sympathy for you and your family in the loss of so distinguished a leader. CYPRIOT MESSAGE Grieved to hear oi death oi Mr. C. P. Scott. He will live for ever in the hearts of all peoples for whose rights he stood in the " Guardian." The Exiled Cypriot Representatives. TRIBUTES FROM ABROAD THE BALTIMORE "EVENING SUN" He was a great Dissenter, and it is as impossible for a Dissenter to be always right as it is for a Conformist to be always right. But it is the Dissenter who wins renown and respect, and rightly so, for Conformitv is safe and Dissent frequently dangerous. The quality of C. P. Scott that fascinated vouiig men of talent was the fact that he lived be I I to to be A is for J. tie It as is io of of to "e the his

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